Who are we?
‘Nijiiro’ means rainbow in Japanese. Our organization is one that encourages diversity, inclusion and individual agency in the workplace. We are the first non-profit organization in Japan to take on issues of LGBT discrimination in the workplace, and attempt to create change by providing research, informational lectures, training and consultations for corporations, government agencies and academic institutions.
Nijiiro Diversity aims to create a safe and friendly working environment for LGBT people, empower the Japanese LGBT community and contribute to the creation of an inclusive society for all people.
Nijiiro Diversity’s vision is that people should be accepted and treated fairly in all workplaces without fear of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Through cooperating and engaging with the community, we hope that people will be able to better understand one another. We believe that a workplace that respects human rights, diversity and individuality is a beneficial for society as a whole.
What are our goals?
- Help facilitate and create and support LGBT friendly workplaces.
- Inform the public about issues that the LGBT community faces in Japanese society.
- Provide an interactive framework for Japanese companies, government agencies and academic institutions to create a more inclusive and accepting work environment.
- Provide community support for LGBT individuals.
- No legal protections for same-sex partners.
- Discrimination at schools and companies is not against the law.
- Legally changing one’s sex on document is possible, but there are strict and cruel requirements including surgery.
How is Nijiiro Diversity helping?
Providing Research to Inform
Coming out in Japan is extremely difficult and the struggles of the LGBT community often remain hidden. Through the cooperation of companies, academic institutions and the government, we are able to conduct large scale surveys and research on LGBT related issues in the workplace and in society. In an effort to push for change in Japan, we feel that it is vital to make the research readily available to the public so that they can get a better understanding of the issues the LGBT community faces today.
Partnering Together with Companies to Promote Change
The majority of Japanese companies have just begun to take the first steps towards LGBT inclusivity. Many of these companies in Japan that want to improve workplace inclusivity are struggling with how to accomplish this task. Nijiiro Diversity is taking the necessary steps to help these companies through professional consultation and training on how to build a more LGBT-friendly and accepting work environment, while educating staff on LGBT related issues in the workplace.
Educating & Supporting the Community
While Nijiiro Diversity is focusing on creating a friendly work environment for LGBT people, we feel that it is essential to not solely put our focus on companies and corporations. We feel that LGBT acceptance starts by educating the community. We have taken a strong approach by cooperating with both local governments and universities to provide community events, informational handbooks and university support in an effort to better inform the public.
Nijiiro Diversity is a proud recipient of the 2015 Google Impact Challenge Award.
The Google Impact Challenge asks local nonprofit organizations and innovators the ways in which they are improving their communities and pairs winners with a package of support to further achieve their goals.
Nijiiro Diversity was recognized by the 2015 Google Impact Challenge which supported our efforts to help empower the Japanese LGBT community. Our organization insists that education is a key element to creating a more accepting and supportive society. Our proposed project goal was to increase the number of openly LGBT-friendly businesses by providing free educational programs to increase awareness of sexual minorities and LGBT issues.
With this goal in mind, we proposed to create an “LGBT-friendly Map and Information” app called Niji-Navi. Niji-Navi provides users an interactive nationwide map, which pinpoints LGBT friendly businesses and establishments. It allows users to search various categories, including handicap-friendliness, establishments with gender-neutral bathrooms, multilingual services and whether or not these establishments host LGBT events.
There are also very few opportunities for students to learn information related to LGBT and SOGIE in the Japanese education system. For that reason, we also decided to created the “nijiSTATION” Youtube Channel. This Youtube Channel acts as a study tool that anyone can access for proper and detailed information related to LGBT and SOGIE. Thus far we have created 50 short 3 – 5 minutes informational videos. For more information and a look at our channel, please visit our youtube page at:
Google has made it possible for us to closer reach our goals of making Japan a better place and to further provide for the LGBT community.
DONATE & FUND
There are very few LGBT focused non-profit organizations in Japan that receive donations. It is only with your support that we can achieve our goal of a more inclusive Japanese society.
We are able to receive donations from overseas. If you choose to donate from abroad, kindly refer to the link below.
All donations will go directly to our management activities, research efforts and organization events.
We are able to receive donations from overseas. If you are interested in supporting our organization please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Together, we can be the power that changes Japan
A list of companies, organizations and institutions with whom we have conducted Informational Seminars
- Energy Companies
- Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
- Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
- Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
- CHUBU Electric Power Co., Inc.
- The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan
- Financial Institutions
- The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
- The Gibralter Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
- American International Group, Inc.
- Deutsche Bank AG
- The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
- Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
- Japanese Bankers Association
- Insurance Companies
- Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
- Nippon Life Insurance Company
- The Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited
- Sumitomo Life Insurance Company
- Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
- T&D Holdings, Inc.
- AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
- Lifenet Insurance Company
- Transportation Companies
- All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
- Japan Airlines Co. Ltd.
- Tokyu Corporation
- Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc.
- Manufacturing Companies
- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
- Panasonic Corporation
- SONY Corporation
- Hitachi, Ltd.
- Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
- Fujitsu Limited
- Japan Tobacco Inc.
- YKK Corporation
- Komatsu Ltd.
- JFE Steel Corporation
- Shiseido Company, Limited
- Kao Corporation
- Wacoal Holding Corp.
- OMRON Corporation
- Suntory Holdings Limited
- Azbil Corporation
- DISCO Corporation
- LUSH Cosmetics Ltd.
- AEON Co., Ltd.
- The Daiei, Inc.
- AEON Delight Co., Ltd.
- Communication / IT
- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
- KDDI Corporation
- Rakuten, Inc.
- LINE Corporation
- NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation
- Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation
- Accenture PLC
- Diverse Inc.
- Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
- Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.
- Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
- Septeni Holdings Co., Ltd.
- Media Outlets
- The Asahi Shimbun Company
- Nippon Television Network Corporation
- Dentsu Inc.
- PRAP Japan, Inc.
- NHK Public Welfare Organization
- Tokyo University
- Tohoku University
- Toyama University
- Ryukyu University
- Kyoto Prefectural University
- Osaka Prefectural University
- International Christian University
- Keio University
- Gakushuin University
- Kansai Gakuin University
- Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
- Kansai University
- Konan University
- Ryukoku University
- Aoyama Gakuin University
- Osaka Jogakuin University
- Poole Gakuin University
- City University of Hong Kong
- Chubu Association of Corporate Executives
- American Center
- Tokyo Bar Association
- Osaka Bar Association
- Fukuoka Bar Association
- Kumamoto Bar Association
- Osaka Volunteer Association
- Shizuoka Baseball Team
- Shunkoin Temple
- Ishinkai Yao General Hospital
- Osaka Association of the Deaf